The story of West Flanders starts on Pearl Street in 1996. The Heinritz brothers, Mark and Chris, along with their partners opened Red Fish, a New Orleans inspired brewpub. Red Fish was a success and became a local favorite and industry leader and trendsetter in combining food and beer. The success of Red Fish can largely be attributed to the creativity and novelty of brewmaster Brian Lutz. His flavor profiles and marquee beers were well beyond the palette of the average 1996 craft beer drinker. One example was their Trappist-style ale, which garnered national attention when Brian received an official letter from the Trappist Monk Society asking him to stop using the name. When asked if he would stop Brian responded, “Hell yes I will. You need God on your side to make good beer." The story went national, and the beer was renamed Angry Monk. In 1997 the ownership of Redfish New Orleans Brewhouse changed. Mark and Chris continue to grow the concept and patronage of The Sink, which they had owned since 1992. Brian left the world of brewing to pursue a career in the tech industry. Dreams of brewing new beers and creating Pearl’s hot spot for the beer community were shelved.
In 2009, Mark and Chris meet longtime restaurateur Barry Wolfman. After quickly becoming friends, the three made several attempts to buy existing restaurants but nothing materialized. At the same time Brian could barely get his tie off quick enough to get back to a slew of home brewing projects. He was and still is continually working on creative and audacious beers while dreaming about the day he could again share his creations with the world.
More about West Flaunders is on their website...
We will be upstairs for mingling drinking and eating. Great food, great beers, on Pearl, let's enjoy!
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